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St. John's University – New York, NY

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in progress, anticipated 2022 completion

St. John's University – New York, NY

Master of Science (M.S.) in School Psychology

Fordham University – New York, NY

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.); Clinical Concentration with Specialization in Children and Families

Barnard College of Columbia University – New York, NY

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.); Psychology with Minors in Philosophy and Visual Arts


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My research focuses on childhood and adolescent social withdrawal. For many children, playing and socializing with friends is a rewarding and enjoyable part of daily life. Peer relationships also play a critical role in childhood social development. However, some children fail to engage with others, sometimes isolating themselves on the periphery of the play group. Though isolative behavior can look very similar from child to child, we have come to understand that children may have differing motivations and feelings about their solitude, which in turn can impact their trajectory and outcomes. A child who is shy, for example, may avoid socializing as a result of fear of social judgment, while another child may simply prefer solitary play without feeling anxiety around peers. Though these two children are both playing alone, their motivation and associated personal and interpersonal experiences may be vastly different. 

I also have a growing interest in meta-research, particularly surrounding questionable research practices (QRPs), publication bias, open science initiatives, and paradigm shift. I am currently working on a project aimed at identifying barriers to adoption of open science practices.


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Teaching and Lectures

I teach Experimental Psychology at Hunter College, a four-credit lecture + lab course required of all undergraduate psychology majors. This course provides a broad overview of research practices in psychological science, including experimental design, ethical considerations, data collection, data analysis, methods of communicating results, literature searches, philosophy of science, and current directions in open and reproducible science. This is a challenging course, organized around the development and execution of four research projects.


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Clinical Work

I am currently in training and not yet a licensed psychologist. I have received intensive training in evidence-based therapies, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In addition, a large part of my training as a school psychologist has included a strong focus on psychoeducational assessment and addressing challenges relating to learning and education. My applied training thus far has included experience in a private practice, public school district, community-based mental health clinic, hospital-based outpatient setting, and residential treatment program. 

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